The Africa Center Community Leadership Conference Program is an annual conference for ACSS Community leaders throughout Africa. The program has two components:
- A Continent-wide conference brings key community members together in a forum to exchange ideas and best practices for their Community Chapter Programs, and to receive valuable training to improve their capacity to promote stability and security in their countries. The conference enables participants to share insights on important security issues, discuss strategies to enhance security cooperation around the region, and help the Africa Center remain relevant to the wider security community in Africa. The Continent-wide programs are anticipated to rotate between African and U.S. locations depending on the specific intent and content of each program.
- Regional Community Leadership Conferences designed to help ACSS community members accomplish the same goals as above but on a regional level. The regional conferences will take place in Africa in countries that have developed strong ACSS community programs.
The CLC program is open to ACSS participants who have actively worked in their countries to establish and maintain relationships with other ACSS community members; and who have sought to maintain a dialogue among and between U.S. and African policymakers and opinion leaders. Guest Speakers and Facilitators are drawn from the United States, Africa and the international community, and may include ACSS faculty, security sector professionals and alumni affairs experts.
TOPS is an ACSS program designed to increase the quality and quantity of communications and networking among ACSS alumni, ACSS and US stakeholders and policymakers.
Under TOPS, the ACSS Communications and Community Affairs (CCA) directorate travels to each African country in which an ACSS community chapter exists (and to selected countries where chapter start-up is imminent) to conduct topical programs for ACSS communities of interest. The programs in each country range in length from half- or full-day symposiums to multi-day programs based on the needs and interests of each community of interest and will be consistent with ACSS standards of academic excellence and relevance. Content of topical programs focuses on U.S. policy and contemporary African security issues and is based on the recommendations of the American Embassy and chapter leadership in each visited country.
In order to increase U.S.government access to ACSS communities of interest in Africa and to expand the pool of experts in TOPS symposiums, COPA is developing partnerships with other USG agencies to promote opportunities for US leaders to meet and engage in 2-way communication with ACSS community members and, through the community members, other influential African leaders.
ACSS strives to maintain professional relationships with U.S. government stakeholders (DoD, DoS, Interagency) in the Washington DC area; as well as other key constituencies, including: African Ambassadors and African Defense Attachés, African-related Think Tanks and NGOs, Academia and Research institutions, and the media.
Programs supporting these constituencies include:
- African Ambassadors Event
- Visionary Award
- African Defense Attaché Event
- International Panel Discussion Series
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